12 JUNE 1959

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 1959

- Printing Dispute

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THE current dispute between printing trade 'unions and the Master Printers has led to a ban on overtime working and other restrictions. Readers may find that during this dispute...


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I N the past the National Union of General and Municipal Workers has been a source of com- fort to Mr. Hugh Gaitskell. The result of one of the votes at their Scarborough...

—Portrait of the Week

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DR. ADENAUER DECIDED not to be President of Western Germany after all; the French President decided against American nuclear bases on French soil; the Foreign Ministers at...

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Chancellor Turnabout

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By SARAH C HANCELLOR ADENAUER'S European policy has always been explicitly pro-French and Implicitly anti-British. He wants to appear in history as the man who reconciled the...

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The Death of Diplomacy

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By Our Correspondent GENEVA g SELECT band of Western journalists here was able to celebrate the beginning of the fifth week of the conference with a visit to East Berlin by...

Reaction in Buganda

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON U GANDA'S problem is African disunity. The Federation's is white supremacy. There is, therefore, no analogy to be drawn between the troubles in the two...

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Westminster Commentary

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The Parliament of Plots By PETER KIRK, MP (TAPER is on holiday) IN his delightful reminiscences, Claud Cockburn recalls the occasion when he fled from the employment of The...

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THE MOST WIDELY REPORTED feature of the Metro- politan Police

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Commissioner's instructions to the police this week was that they ought to be friendly in their manner to motorists. What struck me as being a good deal more important was his...


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A Spectator's Notebook LORD HAILSHAM has every reason to be

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pleased that the two Blackpool stewards who were prosecuted by the League of Empire Loyalists for assault at last year's Con- servative Party Conference were acquitted, but I am...

LORD HAILSHAM is also, I fear, misinformed if he thinks

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that American experience with pay-as- you-view television 'has not so far proved encour- aging.' PAYV has never been tried in America— nor, so far as 1 am aware, anywhere else....

TALKING TO A Conservative businessman a few weeks ago I

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was interested to hear him assert that the Government had now only one thing to worry about : not the gold reserves nor the summit, but the railways. His argument was that in,...

I CANNOT SEE WHY the Government should be cool to

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the idea of a NATO Court of Justice. The proposal, which is not new, has now been taken a stage further by the Atlantic Congress; a study group is to investigate new methods of...

I AM GLAD TO HEAR from the Hulton Press that

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they have no intention of ceasing to publish Lilliput. About three months ago The Times and other newspapers reported that Odhams had made an offer for Hultons, and that the...

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tN WEDNESDAY'S leading article The Times has answered every question

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except the important One: why it allowed a piece of second-hand specu- lation to be printed as a news story. Sir William Haley's excuse that it was the most interesting article...

Presidential Horse Race

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By D. W. T HE Americans describe an uncertain future event as a 'horse race.' Never in modern American history has there been a pre-presidential campaign that has more of the...

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The Swedish Plan

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS T HE formation of the Common Market of the Six central countries of continental Europe, and the collapse of the negotiations for a Free Trade Area of all...

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Flushed With Pride

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By DAVID MILLWOOD THEY knew all about me in New York. 'You're the guy who's got a lavatory like Buck- ingham Palace.' It was the same in Boston, in Washington, DC, in St....

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Sin,—Further to your efforts to making Parliament a self-respecting body

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again, your readers may find the statements of the prospective Conservative candidate for Oxford in answer to a question by an American in a recent BBC First Meeting programme....


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S1R. - 1 am disturbed by the misleading innuendoes of Mr. Marius Bewley, who in your issue of June 5 reviewed The Young Rebel in American Literature, the published version of a...


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SIR, —The round-up of homosexuals in the provinces continues. In Oxford, it seems, 'special measures' have had to be taken. What these are is not stated in any report I have...

Sta.—My collaborators on The Young Rebel in American Literature were

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Carlos Baker, Walter Bezanson, David Daiches, Lewis Leary, R. W. B. Lewis and Geoffrey Moore. Your reviewer has in- sinuated that I told them what to say and that they did so....


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Stit,—'When you become a Member of Parliament,' writes David Price, 'you cease virtually to have any private life at all.' True or untrue? Untrue. 'You gradually lose touch with...

Why NATO? Desmond Donnelly, MP On Being a Member of

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Parliament Nigel Nicolson, MP, R. B. Thompson The Young Rebels F. Bowen Evans, Carl Bode 'Vice' Prosecutions A. E. Dyson Scotland Today 1. M. Reid, Ursula K. Duncan Leucotomy C....

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Sta,---Scottish Number? But once again no mention of Scotland's backbone,

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the hundreds of thousands of country workers in the rich agricultural strip on the east coast from Berwick to Moray. Men who have never heard of Home Rule, who do not consider...

SIR,—Replying to your query concerning the non- publication of ballot

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figures by trade unions, I ant no authority upon this point; but it should be obvious that this secrecy is not confined to trade unions. Yet these bodies arc always singled out...


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SIR; Miles Howard's interesting observations on this subject rightly stress that the question of this opera- tion should be approached with caution. He did not mention that the...


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SIR,—Your answer to my letter in your issue of May 22 begs the question. I did not dispute that the tax- payer has a right to make his voice heard on the question of medical...

Sul,—As Pharos considers that the name 'mushroom' should be applied

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to those soups containing , other types of edible fungi, until, as the writer suggests, Major Stewart thinks of another name for them, per- haps he could he good enough to...


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SIR,—The stage is indeed set in Geneva, but your correspondent appears to have missed the significance of the 'tactful cuts' in the production there of Look Back in Anger....


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SIR,--It is interesting that our Scottish Grand Chain, Hugh MacDiarmid, should have made an article out of my book Scotland Past and Present, but it dads seem a little hard that...


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SIR,-1 have been asked by the family of the late Dr. Hugh Crichton-Miller, the psycho-therapist and founder of the Tavistock Clinic, to write his life. I should be grateful if...

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O NLY the best writing is good enough to show to children. But just when we have learnt the importance of a child's earliest experi- ences, it has become much more difficult to...

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NO Harm Done

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When I was a Little Boy. By Erich Kiistner. (Cape, 16s.) Emil and the Detectives. By Erich Kiistner. (Puffin Books, 2s. 6d.) Line of Attack. By Michel Bourguignon. Translated...

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Undaunted Treads

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Grimm's Fairy Tales. Retold by Amabel Williams- Ellis. (Blackie, 18s.) WHAT children like to read, and at what age they like to read.it, is a hard question : a graduated course...

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Lacs des Cygnets

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The Silver Man. By Catherine Anthony Clark. (Macmillan, 13s. 6d.) Circus in the Snow. By Rosemary L. Davis. (Heinemann, 12s. 6d.) The Game That Really Happened. By Norman Dale....

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Homage to Ardizzone

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Nicholas and the Fast Moving Diesel. By Edward Ardizzone. (0.U.P., 10s. 6d.) Tim unerring good taste of the young reader is a popular legend with those whose own memories of...

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Giving them the Facts

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The Story of Greece and The Story of Rome. By (O.U.P., 12s. 6d.) Sia Lives on Kilimanjaro. By A. Riwkin-Brick and A. Lindgren. (Methuen, 8s. 6d.) The Noble Hawks. By Ursula...

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Bloody Babes

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CHILDREN, if not quite on the side of the big battalions, love the victors in war. When they read a book about a battle, they like the man who sheds rivers of enemy blood,...

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Annabelle ,to Z

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Pantaloni. By Bettina. (O.U.P., 10s. 6d.) The Treasure of the Isle of Mist. By W. W, Tarn. (Oxford Children's Library, 5s.) The Treasure of the Isle of Mist. By W. W, Tarn....

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Reading Aloud

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By PENELOPE HUNT IR HAROLD NICOLSON has condemned the prac- tice of reading aloud to one's children, on the grounds that it makes them mentally lazy. Mine are so mentally lazy...

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Ruff and Tumble By PETER FORSTER A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Stratford - upon - Avon.) — The Rough and Ready Lot. (Lyric, Hammersmith.)— Swinging Down the Lane. (Palladium.)...


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TERRIFIED AND EAGER as candidates waiting for interview, the contest- ants for the television quiz show waited behind scenes; they sat in a row on hard chairs while techni-...

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Sea Air By SIMON HODGSON Pedestrian but safe. For ultimately he is required to see, not to judge; and for him a picture has a twofold character; it is a pictorial statement ,...


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Where Beau Nash Left Off By KENNETH GREGORY SHERMAN is absent from this year's Bath Festival, but the jokes are still good and the city enchanting. It is a brilliant idea to...

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Moho! e By MAURICE GOLDSMITH I SUPPOSE the next big race will be to the Earth's centre. Whether Britain will be in it is not certain; the Lord President of the Council, the...

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Child of Her Time By ISABEL QUIGLY The Diary of Anne Frank. (Carlton.) THE prisoner's scribble on the wall : Anne Frank's diary is that, immensely elaborated, with the scarcely...

Consuming Interest

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Suitable Service By LESLIE ADRIAN Timm' the soldier-servant still survives in the Army, the per- sonal valet hardly exists any longer. Valetry, however, is still with us. The...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Family Discontent By MILES HOWARD THE child with catarrh : what a problem he is ! — to the par- ents, to the doctor, to his teacher and schoolmates, indeed, to everyone. A...

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JUNE 14, 1834 THE efforts made by Ministers to "conciliate" the Anti-Reform Opposition in the House of Peers, are now universally allowed to have failed. In vain have useful...

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Man of Letters BY ANGUS WILSON T KNEW Sir Edward Marsh only at the very end jof his life. He was by thiS time an impoverished, rather lonely old man whose memory was fail-...

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Under the Turpentine Tree

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Anabasis. By SL-John Perse. Translated by T. S. Eliot. (Faber and Faber, 15s.) Anabase is so difficult a poem that it is useful to have T. S. Eliot's own account of what he...

Here Tomorrow

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THE literature about jazz is growing to formidable proportions; yet the books still tend to fall into one or two categories. Either they are gossip about personalities, which...

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Extensive Beer

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The Brewing Industry in England, 1700-1830. By Peter Mathias. (C.U.P., 85s.) IT is time to boast a little; time to blow one's own trumpet, for in this harsh and hard world no...

Fin de Siecle

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The Child of Montmartre is a trio of autobio- graphical sketches first published in the early 1900s and not properly a novel at all, though some sort of mild fictionising has...


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Loathsome Women. By Leopold Stein and Martha Alexander. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 21s.) Or else I thought her supernatural; As though a sterner eye looked through her eye At...

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Early-Morning Feed

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The father darts out on the stairs To listen to that keening In the upper room, for a change of note That signifies distress, to scotch disaster, The kettle humming in the room...

Ann of the Law. By Michael Underwood. (Hammond, 12s. 6d.)

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Diamond robbery and a couple of murders involve some paper-thin characters who are whisked from London to Trinidad. All very improbable, but Michael Underwood can keep a story...

It's a Crime

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Life Has No Price. By Desmond O'Neill. (Gol- lancz, 12s. 6d.) Surprising nobody has thought before of smuggling across the Eire-Ulster border as theme for a thriller : this is...

The Negro. By Simenon. (Hamish Hamilton, 12s. 6d.) A Negro

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is found dead by a halt- station in a dreary corner of north-eastern France, and the even drearier station-keeper thinks to turn a sou or so out of it by blackmail. A neat...

Reprieve. By John Resko. (McGibbon and Kee, 18s.) Twenty minutes

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before he was to go to the electric chair, having eaten his last supper, the young murderer John Resko was reprieved—to nineteen years in Dannemora, as long as Valjean did in...

Baker Street By-ways. By James Edward Hol- royd. (Allen and

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Unwin, 15s.) Another of those spoof-scholarly excursions into Holmesiana by an author who not only lacks the wit and style of such precursors as Ronald Knox, but is arch enough...

The Eighth Circle. By Stanley Ellin. (Boardman, 12s. 6d.) New

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departure for the author of short, sharp novel, Dreadful Summit, and classic, grand - guignol short story, The Specialty of the house—a long, detailed, not very violent Ameri-...

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By CUSTOS A curious coincidence will probably make the s uperstitious even more convinced that ordinary shares are due for a fall whenever the yield on the Financial Times...


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ACROSS Treat Oriental as very dis- tinguished (10) 6 A br'anch of knowledge? (41 10 t...vidcritly landlord and tenant have conic to terms on the little place (5) 11 Displaying...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Tuts .week I venture to take the short view—always the most difficult for a financial commen- tator—and suggest a pause in the long-term upward trend in...


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ACROSS. 1 Calabashes. 6 OA. 10 Raver. II Lassitude. 12 Londoner. 13 Wealth. 15 Peek. 16 Afar. 17 Solon. 20 Lapse 21 Ills. 22 Dots. 24 None's. 26 Liniment. 29 In the main. 31)...

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T HE steady appreciation since the beginning of this year in the price of the 'Blue Circle' cement shares has been justified by the results recently published for 1958....